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Dr. Henry reminds British Columbians COVID-19 pandemic far from over

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry
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July 09, 2020 - 3:59 PM

There were 22 new COVID-19 cases reported in B.C. over the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 3,028.

There were no new deaths, leaving that total at 186.

“Some people may be think this is all over and they can go back to normal,” provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said at her COVID-19 update today, July 9. “We’ve seen elsewhere around the world, including in the United States and other places, things can quickly escalate.”

Dr. Henry urged British Columbians to continue to take precautions by not gathering in large groups and to take care when going to public places like restaurants and night clubs.

An outbreak at the No.5 Orange strip club in Vancouver, for example, was initially thought to be limited to patrons who attended the club on July 1. That has been expanded to include July 3, 4 and 7. This, and an earlier outbreak in another Vancouver strip club, has led to a review of the guidelines governing night clubs, but no changes were announced.

Dr. Henry hopes to have guidelines out next week to allow choirs to start singing together.

Next week should also see an increase in the number of long-term care homes that can allow visitors. All homes have to have visitation plans approved first. Only four in the Interior Health region have done that, so far.

A change in the way the numbers are presented by region has changed so people from other countries are not counted in regional totals. That includes people who were visiting Canada and got sick or were temporary foreign workers.

That means, the total number of cases reported in the Interior Health region has dropped from 203 to 201.

There have been 1,596 cases in the Fraser Health region, 982 in Vancouver Coastal, 133 on Vancouver Island and 65 in the northern health region, along with 51 foreigners.

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